Maybe Its Time for a Change
We've heard the acronym/motto kiss: keep it simple, stupid. Buried in that philosophy is another maxim of the IT manager: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.Weve heard the acronym/motto kiss: keep it simple, stupid. Buried in that philosophy is another maxim of the IT manager: If it aint broke, dont fix it. For administrators and end users alike, living by these credos can mean enduring things like the instability of Windows 9x and the annoying Microsoft Office mate Clippy (now deceased) and avoiding such complicated tasks as upgrading platforms or switching appsuntil its absolutely necessary. That time may be upon us. In a time of great change, changing your computing infrastructure may seem too expensive, unnecessary or, at best, a low priority. Consider, however, that such change may be just what you need. Microsoft has made some of these decisions easy with its new restrictive licensing plans and aggressive marketing for Windows XP and Office XP. It insists we need change, and many IT managers are accommodating the company in ways Redmond may not appreciate.
As eWeek Senior Editor Peter Galli has reported over the past several weeks, many IT administrators are either not planning to upgrade to the new Microsoft products or looking to switch to less expensive productsa direct result of the licensing plans, they said.